Brownber Hall & House – Newbiggin-on-Lune, Cumbria
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Overlooking the Howgill Fells and a stone’s throw from the Lake District, Grade II-listed Brownber Hall was opened as an eight bedroom guest house by Amanda and Peter Jaques-Walker in 2017. It was hugely successful, winning awards and charming visitors with its homely bedrooms, eclectic decor (cherry-picked vintage furniture, William Morris wallpaper, stained glass windows), and hands-on friendly service. Now, as a response to Covid-19, the forward-thinking couple are changing direction, turning the place into a self-catered private rental (and launching four-bedroom farmhouse Brownber House next door). Guests can expect a contactless check-in and a virtual concierge service; fridges pre-stocked with local supplies; freshly prepared picnics and home-cooked meals delivered to the doorstep, taking the hassle out of cooking after a day out hiking the fells. Both properties have spacious gardens, BBQs and firepits, and come with a welcome hamper with local sourdough and cakes. Bike rentals and experiences such as horse riding and fishing can be organised, too.
From £1,200 for four nights mid-week in Brownber House and £1,520 in Brownber Hall
+ 44 (0)1539 623208; brownberhall.co.uk